Watching tiny animals in the pond water

On Friday, 3.2.2017, Campus Teva invited the general public to celebrate World Wetlands Day. The program included a guided tour of the Botanical Garden, focusing on wetlands. During the tour the visitors collected water samples from various ponds in the Garden.

Spadefoot toad, photo: Alex Slavenko

On the 13th of February a team of researchers, students, and animal keepers from the School of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, with the coordination and cooperation of the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority, reintroduced spadefoot toads from the Zoological Gardens' breeding colony back into nature.

A new aviary for thicket birds

A new aviary for thicket birds is now under construction in the Zoological Garden. The aviary is built as part of the Zoological Garden masterplan, developed in light of new and modern concepts of animal welfare.

Agave attenuate in bloom, Photo: Mitiku Teshale

Agave attenuate is a succulent native to central Mexico. It has a large symmetrical impressive rosette of leaves, green-grey in color, without thorns (the only agave without thorns and the reason for its being so popular in gardening)

Barn owl, Photo: Oz Rittner

An Israeli barn owl, with a Tel Aviv University ring on its foot, has crossed the border and was captured in Jordan.

Representatives from the Safari , Photo: Tal Levanony

Representatives from the Safari zoological center in Ramat-Gan came to visit the TAU Botanical Garden and consult with our team. The animal exhibitions at the Safari display elements from the natural habitats of these animals, including the relevant flora.

A close look on a vulture egg

On January 30th our old vulture pair laid a first egg for the current breeding season. It turns out that this was the first egg to have been laid this season in any vulture breeding colony in Israel.

Viscum cruciatum , Photo: Kineret Manevich

A new Viscum cruciatum plant (Mistletoe) was discovered recently in the garden, occupying   a branch of a Crataegus azarolus tree (a species of hawthorn) in the Mediterranean scrub plot.

Levant water frogs mating, photo: Ilil Pratt

In January the mating season of our amphibians was at its peak: the spadefoot toads, which started to breed about two months ago, continued to copulate and lay eggs. The Middle-East tree frogs and Levant water frogs have also bred successfully. 

Mandrake in bloom, photo: Moshe Peri

Last November we reported the relocation of several of the plants growing in the semi-arid batha plot. Among them were two mandrake plants, which are characterized by a thick branched taproot, necessitating that the gardeners dig deeper than usual.

Palestine Oak sprouts, Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Sivan Biton, who joined the Zoological Garden's staff, has vast botanical knowledge. She uses this knowledge to nurture the vegetation inside and outside the cages and on the main grass area.

Temporal entrance, Photo: Kineret Manevich

The entrance to the Garden has been temporarily moved due to work on the Museum of Natural History. The new entrance bypasses the Museum construction site. Construction is expected to last several months, and when completed the Botanical Garden will feature a new entrance plaza. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

The caracal in its renovated cage, Photo: Noga Kronfeld-Schor

Our caracal has a new home: the two middle cages in the northern-eastern cage row. These cages face east and receive more light compared to its previous cages.

CAARI volunteers, Photo: Gavri Sion

This is the fourth year that America-Canadian volunteers have come to work in the Botanical Garden as part of the CAARI project (Canadian-American Active Retirees in Israel).

Our hyena enjoying  his bath, Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Last month we said goodbye with sorrow to our hyena and one of our two crocodiles, both of which had died of old age.

The movie set in the wetland, Photo: Dafna Zur

During last Hanukah, our wetland plot was temporarily transformed into a movie set for the film "Between Two Hills".

Two roosters in the water, Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Those of you who have walked in the Garden lately may have been surprised to see our roosters walking in the big water pond on the main grass. No, we haven’t developed a new species of "water chicken".